Classic Fireplace comprised of an Onyx Eclipse 60HL gas fire installed within a Sandringham Limestone Mantel How to Update Your Fireplace in a Period Property

How to Update Your Fireplace in a Period Property

From classic wood burning and multi-fuel fireplaces to ultra-realistic gas and electric stoves and fires, it's never been easier to update a period fireplace whilst keeping the character of your home intact. Explore your options with this comprehensive guide.

When it comes to updating a fireplace in a period property, the blend of traditional aesthetics with modern functionality is key to enhancing both the charm and the warmth of your home. With various options available, from classic wood and multi-fuel log burners to ultra-realistic gas and electric fires, there is a solution to suit every style and need. Here’s a guide to help you choose the perfect fireplace update for your period home.

1. Traditionally Styled Log Burners

For a rustic and traditional look, a log burner like the Stovax Chesterfield 5 wood burning and multi-fuel stove is a fantastic choice with its elegant detailing. Ideal for cosy inglenooks, this traditionally styled wood burner adds both character and warmth to a room. Its classic design complements the architectural features of period properties while providing an efficient source of heat. The sight of logs burning can evoke a nostalgic comfort, perfect for those cold, winter evenings.

Stovax Chesterfield 5 multi-fuel stove

Meanwhile, the Stovax Huntingdon wood burning and multi-fuel stove range offers wood burning and multi-fuel models which are well-suited to period properties. These log burners excel at blending gothic period styling with state-of-the-art fireboxes and high-efficiency convection heat flow systems. With a large viewing window for enhanced flame views, there is a choice of clear or tracery door, with the latter adding an ornate touch to the stove’s appearance.

Stovax Huntingdon 30 wood burning stove

The combination of classical period looks with the latest Ecodesign combustion technology makes our traditional log burners a compelling choice for those looking to add a touch of historical elegance to their home, whilst minimising emissions. Moreover, many of our wood burning and multi-fuel stoves are DEFRA exempt, ensuring they can be used throughout the UK, even in smoke control areas.

Gas and electric log burners also available

Many of Stovax’s elegant wood burning stoves including the Chesterfield 5 and Huntingdon range, are also available as gas and electric versions. These stoves offer the same aesthetic as their wood burner counterparts, with the added convenience of remote controlled thermostatic heat, and for electric models – even ambience with no heat at all if you prefer.

2. Gas Fireplace Inserts

When dealing with existing standard fireplace openings (typically 410mm wide by 560mm height and 250mm depth), fitting a new fire can be straightforward with the right insert. The 16 inch Gazco Logic gas fire range offers a range of manual, slide control and remote control open-fronted and glass-fronted options that are designed to fit these dimensions perfectly. These inserts not only update the efficiency and usability of your old fireplace but also maintain the period look with various frame and front choices to customise the look to your décor.

Gazco Logic HE Winchester gas fire

3. Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Classic Fireplace Inserts

For those who appreciate the versatility and the traditional aspect of burning multiple types of fuel, wood and multi-fuel fireplace inserts are an excellent option. These inserts come with a grate and built-in fireback and are suitable for larger chimney openings of 36 inches by 36 inches (915mm x 915mm). The beauty of these inserts is that they can be paired with a variety of mantel options in Stone, Wood, or Cast Iron, allowing for a customisable appearance that enhances the period features of the property.

Stovax Classic Arched Fireplace Insert in Matt Black, with Claremont Stone Mantel surround

Riva2 Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Inset Fires

Adding to these options, the award-winning Stovax Riva2 inset wood burning and multi-fuel fires represent a perfect fusion of sophisticated design and cutting-edge Ecodesign performance. The smallest size fits neatly into a standard 22” high x 16” wide British fireplace opening once the chairbrick is removed, while the largest model offers an impressive 8.1kW heat output. These fires not only boast a high-quality steel exterior, cast iron grate, and log guard, but also feature an ergonomic handle design. With the choice between two decorative frames, the minimalist Profil XS and the slightly wider Profil, the Riva2 fires can be hearth mounted or installed for a modern ‘hole-in-the-wall’ look, either as three-sided or four-sided versions. This versatility makes the Riva2 range an ideal choice for those looking to create a mesmerising centrepiece in their period home.

Stovax Riva2 40 wood burning inset fire

4. Inset Gas and Electric Fires

For those who prefer the aesthetic of a larger open fireplace to bring the charm to their period property, modern inset gas and electric fires are ideal. Models such as the elegant Onyx Eclipse 60HL gas fire give the illusion of an open fire with its premium anti-reflective glass front, and authentic hand-painted Split Oak Log-effect. The Eclipse’s ImmersiFlame triple burner architecture delivers ultra-realistic rolling flames, mimicking the magic of a real log fire. With high-efficiency heat, the Eclipse can be paired with traditional wood or stone mantel surrounds, ensuring the fireplace retains its classic appeal while benefiting from the latest in heating technology.

Onyx Eclipse 60HL gas fire

Similarly, where ambience takes precedent over heat output, the Gazco eStudio 60R electric fire provides an excellent alternative, with an array of flame and lighting effects which can be enjoyed with, or without the heat. Needing only a power supply to function, these versatile electric fires are not only easy to install, but they also offer remarkable atmosphere and efficient heating, perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere in any room. Like the other products mentioned they can also be fitted within a mantel surround to retain a period look.

Gazco eStudio 60R electric fire

Choosing the right mantel

Selecting the right mantel is crucial as it frames your fireplace and serves as a major focal point in your room. Whether you opt for a limestone mantel, a carved wooden mantel, or an intricately designed cast iron piece, ensure that it resonates with the architecture of your home and complements the fireplace insert you choose.

Traditional fireplace designs with modern efficiency

Updating the fireplace in your period property can transform a room from merely historical to both stylish and functional, bridging the gap between the past and the present. Whether you prefer the clean lines of modern gas and electric fires or the traditional appeal of wood and multi-fuel burners, there is a wealth of options to bring warmth and character to your home. By carefully selecting the type of fire and the appropriate mantel, you can enhance the charm and value of your period property while enjoying modern comfort and efficiency.

If you’d like to explore any of the options listed here in further detail, or to see them burning firsthand, make an appointment to visit your local expert Stovax & Gazco retailer today!

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Posted by on June 6, 2024

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